After 34 years, long jump record broken

The year was 1979 and Milaca High School’s girls track and field program was in its infant stage.

Jody Judd, now Jody Meyer, was a senior in her fourth season on the track team. Milaca was competing in the Rum River Conference Meet at Princeton.

She went 16-feet, 4-inches in the long jump. It was a Milaca record – a record that stood for 34 years until sophomore Allie Terpstra went 16-5.75 at the Section 5A Meet May 29 at St. John’s University.

“I only did the long jump my junior and senior years,” said Meyer. “I actually enjoyed doing the hurdles the most.

“I’m surprised the record lasted so many years. My sister told me about eight years ago that my name was still on the record board at school. I’ve thought about it occasionally since then. My husband (Billy) and I talked about my record with some of his high school classmates in May and then I found out that my record was broken by Allie. I hope Allie’s record can be held just a long as mine was, or that she can break her own record.”

“I remember Jody as always smiling and being a great teammate,” said former coach Randy Furman.

Terpstra said she is proud to hold a record that went unbroken for so many years.

“It’s nice to see my name in the record book,” she said. “It will push me to do better as well as the other Milaca athletes who follow me.”